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14 Dec 2017

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Blockchain is booming!

It’s the digital currency phenomenon that everyone is talking about and its ongoing rise has been in no small part due to organisations such as the Blockchain Centre, which is based right here in the heart of Southbank.

Since November 2014, the Blockchain Centre has been educating the community on the exciting benefits of the crypto currency Bitcoin and the meteoric rise of the technology has seen the centre outgrow its former space at 89 City Rd.

On December 13, the Blockchain Centre will officially launch its brand new headquarters at 85 City Rd to the community and it’s inviting locals to come down and join in the celebrations.

Senior trade adviser on financial technology at Austrade Katherine Heathcote, Victorian Economic Development Department members, as well as pioneering members of the Bitcoin-Blockchain industry will be present at the launch.

The launch party is a great chance for locals to come and experience the new Blockchain Centre and meet a range of experts and entrepreneurs who will provide information on the financial technology space.

Previously home to construction company Probuild, Blockchain Centre has revitalised the office space with a major internal refurbishment, landscaping works and a new mural on the outside wall.

Blockchain Centre’s global director and CEO Martin Davidson said the new facilities were a strong reflection of the growing interest in the technology – both in Australia and around the world.

“Because Bitcoin, Blockchain and crypto currency technology is quite complex and difficult to understand, there has been a real growing interest in the work of the Blockchain Centre,” he said.

“Most of the focus has been on our education programs and workshops. Since it’s launched, Blockchain Centre has held over 450 community events and education workshops.”

“Out of this one centre we’ve been the home to over 20 Blockchain startups that have launched from this space and we’ve built a meet-up community of over 3000 members.”

A not-for-profit knowledge hub, the Blockchain Centre on City Rd was the first facility of its kind in the world focused on education, co-working and community events related to Bitcoin technology.

Since opening, Blockchain Centre has since expanded to three countries and this year set up its largest centre to date in Shanghai as well as a new base in Lithuania.

Over the years, it has welcomed the likes of Federal Senator Sam Dastyari, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s cyber security adviser Alistair MacGibbon and Victorian Innovation and Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis among many others.

The centre also places a strong emphasis on social responsibility having supported the likes of The Big Umbrella and Monochrome Coffee Co, while it has also run education programs in a number of local primary schools.

With the support of both its corporate partners (Blockchain Global, IBM, and Digital X) and industry partners (CryptoTax, Agile Legal Consulting, Coinstop and Brave New Coin), Martin Davidson said the centre was on a mission to open 20 new centres around the world by the end of 2018!

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